Last Update on: April 12th, 2020 at 11:28 pm
West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite, on Sunday, said his best memory in India will always be the love he received after helping West Indies win the T20 World Cup in 2016. The allrounder had famously hit Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the final over of the match to snatch win from the jaws of defeat.
The game was looking done and dusted when Stokes came to bowl the final over. Chasing 156, West Indies required 19 runs off last over. But what followed thereafter left everyone in disbelief. Carlos Brathwaite hit the first four balls of the overs for huge sixes to put his team over the line.
He scored 34 unbeaten off 10 balls with a strike rate of 340. On the other end, Marlon Samuels anchored the run-chase as he played a vital knock of 85* runs in 66 balls. His inning was studded with nine fours and two sixes. West Indies became the first team and so far only one to win the T20 World Cup twice.
More than four years after that famous win, Carlos Brathwaite has recalled how the Indian fans treated him after his knock. The allrounder said he he felt like Chris Gayle in the subcontinent because of the adulation he received.
“Cricket is religion in India. I remember I was filming Chris (Gayle) being mobbed at the airport. But after the World Cup when I came to play for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), the same thing was happening to me,” the 31-year old said while chatting on a Delhi-NCR based pet channel on Instragram where he mainly spoke about his dog.
The West Indies star further said that while Bengaluru is his favourite city for partying in India, Kolkata will always be special. The final of the T20 World Cup was played in Kolkata. Brathwaite was also a part of Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.